This year’s recommendations for the best summer reading from book editors, librarians and independent bookstore owners.

Barbara Hoffert, Editor of the Book Review at Library Journal

  • Wench: A Novel

    By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

    Amistad

    Buy

  • Girl in Translation

    By Jean Kwok

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • The Line

    By Teri Hall

    Dial Books

    Buy

  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    By Allegra Goodman

    The Dial Press

    Buy

  • The Clouds Beneath the Sun: A Novel

    By Mackenzie Ford

    Nan A. Talese

    Buy

  • World Enough: Poems

    By Maureen N. McLane

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Sarah Cornish Debraski, Past President, Young Adult Library Services Association

  • Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

    By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Matters-Ron-Currie-Jr/dp/B002XULWLG?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B002XULWLG" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/410fnArnheL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Matters-Ron-Currie-Jr/dp/B002XULWLG?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B002XULWLG" target="_blank">Everything Matters!: A Novel</a></p><p class="book-author">By Ron Currie Jr. </p><p class="book-publisher">Viking Adult</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Matters-Ron-Currie-Jr/dp/B002XULWLG?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B002XULWLG" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Good-Soldiers-David-Finkel/dp/0374165734?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0374165734" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/413D7pJesaL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Good-Soldiers-David-Finkel/dp/0374165734?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0374165734" target="_blank">The Good Soldiers</a></p><p class="book-author">By David Finkel </p><p class="book-publisher">Sarah Crichton Books</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Good-Soldiers-David-Finkel/dp/0374165734?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0374165734" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Are-All-Right-Memoir/dp/0307396045?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307396045" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41gFfiCastL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Are-All-Right-Memoir/dp/0307396045?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307396045" target="_blank">The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir</a></p><p class="book-author">By   Diana Welch ,   Liz Welch ,   Amanda Welch ,   and  Dan Welch   </p><p class="book-publisher">Crown</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Are-All-Right-Memoir/dp/0307396045?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307396045" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Novel-Trilogy/dp/0452296293?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0452296293" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q-lkOcBHL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Novel-Trilogy/dp/0452296293?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0452296293" target="_blank">The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)</a></p><p class="book-author">By Lev Grossman </p><p class="book-publisher">Penguin Books</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Novel-Trilogy/dp/0452296293?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0452296293" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/My-Abandonment-Peter-Rock/dp/0156035529?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0156035529" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51YTWanqMVL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/My-Abandonment-Peter-Rock/dp/0156035529?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0156035529" target="_blank">My Abandonment</a></p><p class="book-author">By Peter Rock </p><p class="book-publisher">Mariner Books</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/My-Abandonment-Peter-Rock/dp/0156035529?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0156035529" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Stitches-Memoir-David-Small/dp/0393068579?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0393068579" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51h2bVdS50L._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Stitches-Memoir-David-Small/dp/0393068579?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0393068579" target="_blank">Stitches: A Memoir</a></p><p class="book-author">By David Small </p><p class="book-publisher">W. W. Norton & Company</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Stitches-Memoir-David-Small/dp/0393068579?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0393068579" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tunneling-Center-Earth-Stories-P-S/dp/B003JTHRC8?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003JTHRC8" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51q2RGgt9RL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Tunneling-Center-Earth-Stories-P-S/dp/B003JTHRC8?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003JTHRC8" target="_blank">Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories (P.S.)</a></p><p class="book-author">By Kevin Wilson </p><p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tunneling-Center-Earth-Stories-P-S/dp/B003JTHRC8?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003JTHRC8" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    

    Trish Brown, Co-Owner of Hooray For Books,Alexandria, VA

    Board Books
  • Perfect Piggies! (Boynton on Board)

    By Sandra Boynton

    Workman Publishing Company

    Buy

  • Global Babies

    By The Global Fund for Children

    Charlesbridge

    Buy

  • Picture Books
  • The Circus Ship

    By Chris Van Dusen

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Shark vs. Train

    By Chris Barton

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • The Very Fairy Princess

    By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Beginning Readers
  • I Spy Fly Guy!

    By Tedd Arnold

    Cartwheel Books

    Buy

  • Fancy Nancy

    By Jane O'Connor

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Ages 8-10
  • The Magical Ms. Plum

    By Bonny Becker

    Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

    By Lincoln Peirce

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

    By Tom Angleberger

    Harry N. Abrams

    Buy

  • Older Readers

    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cupcake-Queen-Heather-Hepler-ebook/dp/B002H0U1W8?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B002H0U1W8" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51J-yT2TslL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Cupcake-Queen-Heather-Hepler-ebook/dp/B002H0U1W8?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B002H0U1W8" target="_blank">The Cupcake Queen</a></p><p class="book-author">By Heather Hepler </p><p class="book-publisher">Speak</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cupcake-Queen-Heather-Hepler-ebook/dp/B002H0U1W8?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B002H0U1W8" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-Summer-Without-Book-ebook/dp/B003IYI6TC?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003IYI6TC" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DI0%2BIAxfL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-Summer-Without-Book-ebook/dp/B003IYI6TC?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003IYI6TC" target="_blank">It's Not Summer Without You (Summer Series Book 2)</a></p><p class="book-author">By Jenny Han </p><p class="book-publisher">Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-Summer-Without-Book-ebook/dp/B003IYI6TC?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003IYI6TC" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    

    Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian,D.C. Public Library

    Adult Fiction
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    By Jennifer Egan

    Anchor

    Buy

  • The Help

    By Kathryn Stockett

    Berkley

    Buy

  • So Cold the River

    By Michael Koryta

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    By Nicholas Carr

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Forthcoming
  • I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel

    By Laura Lippman

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • Young Adult Fiction
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (The Twilight Saga)

    By Stephenie Meyer

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Children’s Picture Books
  • First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Two Lions

    Buy

  • Children 9-12
  • Out of My Mind

    By Sharon M. Draper

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Prime Baby

    By Gene Luen Yang

    First Second

    Buy

  • Turtle in Paradise

    By Jennifer L. Holm

    Random House Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Will-Grayson-John-Green/dp/0525421580?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0525421580" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ztWgYA6qL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Will-Grayson-John-Green/dp/0525421580?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0525421580" target="_blank">Will Grayson, Will Grayson</a></p><p class="book-author">By   John Green   and  David Levithan   </p><p class="book-publisher">Dutton Books for Young Readers</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Will-Grayson-John-Green/dp/0525421580?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0525421580" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    

    Poetry for Children
  • Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems

    By Marilyn Singer

    Dutton Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

    By John Grisham

    Dutton Children's Books

    Buy

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